Colter family (St. Mary's)

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Colter family (St. Mary's)

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Alexander Colter came to New Brunswick in 1819 with the Johnston family from County Leitrim, Ireland. He had 4 sons: George Johnson (1840-1915), born in Douglas, York County; Newton Ramsey (1844-1917), born in Sheffield, Sunbury County; Thomas Henry (1849-1923), also born in Sheffield; and James (c.1836-1917). George Colter was educated in local public schools, and later moved to St. Marys, New Brunswick, where he settled into business. He also sat on York County Municipal Council, as councilor for his parish and warden of the county. He married Celia Slipp and they had at least 2 sons, Ashley (b. 1888) and George Leonard.

In June 1878 he was elected to the House of Assembly, sitting for 8 years as a Conservative. He was a member of the Executive Council and served as Commissioner of Public Works from 1882-1883. His brother Newton was a medical doctor, who studied in London and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. By 1871 he had moved to Woodstock and married Eliza Jane Hatt. They had four daughters: Annie, Marion, Eleanor and Jennie. Newton was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Carleton County from 1891 to 1896. On July of 1897 Newton was appointed the Post Office Inspector for New Brunswick.

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MC1156 Graves Papers

"Madam Keswick" / Sylvia Sharpe

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